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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Hamley’s co-owner files second suit against partner
By PHIL WRIGHT
Hamley’s co-owner Blair
Woodfield is calling in his chips
against business partner Parley
Woodfield is again suing
Pearce, this time for almost
$873,000. Woodfield’s attorney,
Steven Joseph of La Grande, filed
the complaint Nov. 14 in Umatilla
County Circuit Court.
In the 56-page document,
Woodfield asserts he made 11
loans from 2007-2011 to Pearce
Woodfield Development, the
limited-liability company the two
men own and operate, and Pearce
failed to pay back those loans.
Woodfield claims Pearce owes
$533,980, plus accrued interest as
of May 31 of $338,646. The total
comes to $872,626.
Woodfield provided copies of
the promissory notes detailing the
loans. The first and largest was for
$200,000 plus interest and came
due Feb. 16, 2012. Woodfield
asserts Pearce owes $262,543 on
that deal alone.
The lawsuit also contains a
copy of the partnership agreement
Woodfield and Pearce signed in
November 1999. The partnership
consisted of several limited-lia-
bility companies the men owned,
Development, Pearce Woodfield
Properties and Wendy’s of Walla
Walla, per the agreement, and had
an initial worth of $6 million.
Court records show Pearce and
Pearce Woodfield Development
received copies of the complaint.
Both Woodfield and Pearce
declined to comment to the East
Oregonian on the proceedings.
The parties have not set a date to
meet in court.
against Pearce received new life
in July. In that complaint, Wood-
field accuses Pearce of wrongful
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Hamley’s co-owner Blair Woodfield has filed a new lawsuit against
his business partner Parley Pearce suing him for $873,000.
conduct that had a negative effect
on all Hamley’s operations and
seeks to have the court dissolve
the Hamley companies. Pearce
sought to dismiss the lawsuit.
Circuit Judge Lynn Hampton in
January granted the dismissals,
but she also allowed Woodfield
Cities offer Christmas tree recycling
As once-live Christmas trees begin
to wilt, several cities are offering
options for recycling the trees into
Pendleton City Club is collecting
trees from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until about
January 7 at Fallen Field, located on
Southwest 18th Street just north of
the Pendleton Convention Center. The
club asks that people leave a donation
when they drop off their tree.
“100 percent of the money donated
goes to youth activities in Pendleton,”
said Tim Smith of Pendleton City
Hermiston residents can drop off
their trees for free at Butte Park on
Northwest 7th Street starting Jan. 2.
The city will place signs directing
people to the drop-off point on the
south side of the park after New
Year’s Day. The trees are put through
a wood-chipper each January to
supply the city’s parks with mulch
used at the base of trees and other
In Milton-Freewater, residents
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
The Pendleton City Club has set up a Christmas tree drop-off site off
of Southwest 18th Street behind the Pendleton Convention Center.
can place their tree on the curb in
front of their home for free pick-up.
Collection will take place Jan. 2-5 and
residents are asked to put their tree,
stripped of all decorations, out on Jan.
2. The trees will be chipped and used
for landscaping and other purposes.
Boardman is also offering free
curbside collection of trees during the
first week of January.
Swim team dives in with annual talent show
By TAMMY MALGESINI
Members of the community are
ready to make a splash as more than
two dozen acts are featured during
the Hermiston High School Swim
Team Talent Show.
With high transportation costs
to shuttle swimmers to and from
practices at the Blue Mountain
Community College pool, the team
plunged in to help offset expenses
by holding the annual fundraising
event. Talent show organizer Lynne
Hamblin said in addition to behind-
the-scenes help with the sound
booth and other activities to put on
the show, several members of the
swim team will take the stage.
In its seventh year, the talent
show is Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in
the high school auditorium, 600 S.
First St. Tickets are $10 per person
or $30 for a family.
In addition to dipping into the
school district’s budget, Hamblin
said the Hermiston High School
Sports Boosters have been
“amazing” by diving in to help with
the team’s expenses.
Last year’s talent show fund-
raiser brought in about $3,500.
Hamblin said they are hoping to
raise $5,000 during the 2018 event.
During the show’s intermission,
there will be a bake sale. Also,
raffle tickets are being sold for $10
each for a chance to win an iPad,
a one-hour massage from Jodi
Wrathall, a Cottage Flowers basket
and an assortment of other themed
baskets and gift cards.
Charlie Clupny will serve as
the show’s master of ceremonies.
Swimmers who will take the stage
include Max Rahm, who will sing,
and Lindsay McCallister will play
the piano. Hamblin said other
acts include Dance Unlimited,
the Polynesian Dancers, a singing
foursome of Nattalie Gray, Marti
Plum, Hayden Larson and Schae
Borrego and many others. The
performers are vying for top prizes,
which will be awarded in age group
categories, including middle school
and younger, and high school to
adults. Winning acts will receive
For more information, contact
Hamblin at 541-571-5691 or lynne.
to amend the complaint to better
make his case.
Woodfield did, and Pearce
again asked the court to dismiss.
Hampton in a three-page letter sent
in July ruled against Woodfield’s
suit on two fronts for not alleging
However, she also ruled his
other claims, including that
Pearce’s conduct hurts the busi-
ness, can go forward.
“Whether the alleged conduct
actually does adversely and mate-
rially affect the business or affairs
of the LLC is a matter of proof for
trial,” according to the letter.
The initial suit has a review
hearing Jan. 18 in Umatilla County
Circuit Court, Pendleton. Hampton
is retiring, and court records show
Circuit Judge Russell West of La
Grande will preside.
Contact Phil Wright at
Trio of car theft
defendants out of jail
SAIF to host farm
HEPPNER — The three
car theft co-defendants law
enforcement in Morrow County
caught Oct. 31 all made it back
Buddy James Buoy, 42,
Michelle Carol McLean, 40,
Julia R. Kraus, 37, each face
multiple charges stemming from
car thefts of Washington dealers.
Circuit court records show
they agreed to conditional
releases from the Umatilla
County Jail, Pendleton.
Buoy got out Dec. 4,
McLean on Dec. 11 and Kraus
on Dec. 14. According to the
release conditions, Buoy and
McLean have to stay at their
homes in Portland under the
supervision of an adult. Kraus,
though, went into a drug
treatment center in Portland.
They cannot have contact
with each other or the dealer-
ships, and the court put a special
restriction on Buoy — a 10 p.m.
They each face five counts of
first-degree aggravated theft for
stealing a 2015 Ford F250 and
a 2016 Ford F350 from Dave
Smith Motors, Spokane, and a
Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette,
and Silverado pickup from
McCurley Integrity Chevrolet
The state also charged
Buoy and Kraus with fleeing
or attempting to elude, reckless
driving and multiple counts of
second-degree criminal mischief
and second-degree criminal
trespass stemming from a police
chase. McLean also faces one
charge of unauthorized use of a
The defendants have pleaded
not guilty to all charges.
Buoy’s next hearing is Jan.
4, according to court records.
McLean and Kraus have
hearings Jan. 25. The hearings
take place at the Morrow
County Courthouse, Heppner.
HERMISTON — Free farm
safety seminars will be held in
Hermiston on Jan. 9-10.
The half-day seminars,
hosted by SAIF Corporation,
are open to “anyone interested
in ag safety and health” even
if they are not insured by
SAIF, Oregon’s not-for-profit
The Jan. 9 seminar is in
English and will run from
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the
Hermiston Conference Center,
415 S Highway 395. The Jan.
10 session is in Spanish and
runs 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at
the conference center. Lunch
is included both days.
According to a news release
from SAIF, this year’s topics
include mechanical hazards,
ergonomics, safety leadership,
communication skills and
the difference between
safety and compliance. The
seminar meets OSHA’s
for small agricultural
operations, the Oregon State
Board’s continuing education
credits and the Department
of Consumer and Business
Services’ producer continuing
For more information or to
register visit www.saif.com/
SAIF also announced
that its 2018 calendar will
feature N.W. Crane Service
of Hermiston as its business
for June. The theme of the
2018 calendar is “building a
better — and safer — Oregon”
to celebrate the state’s
construction industry. N.W
Crane Service was chosen
to help represent that theme
because they “consistently
go above regulations and
requirements” in their
dedication to safety.
PLASTIC IS NO LONGER RECYCLABLE
Mixed plastics #1-#7 is no longer recyclable. Our depot collection containers
for this material near Fallen Field and at the Transfer Station will be removed
on or before January 1, 2018.
The only market for these materials was China. Eff ective January 1,
2018 China is implementing its “National Sword” policy to increase the
environmental quality in its own country, which will stop all mixed paper
and mixed plastics from being imported. This is a national and international
issue, but the eff ects are very local. There are no markets to absorb what
China has refused to accept.
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